Passports: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had on the compilation of a fingerprint database for children between the ages of 11 and 15 who apply for a passport; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

As set out in the Strategic Action Plan for the National Identity Scheme published in December 2006, the Identity and Passport Service has anticipated that it may be necessary to record biometrics for passports issued to children over the age of 11 but no final decision has been taken on this.

At present, EU regulations specify no minimum age for the recording of fingerprint biometrics. The United Kingdom has participated in preliminary discussions with our EU partners concerning the establishment of a minimum age for the recording of fingerprint biometrics in passports.

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